Poor people's energy outlook 2010

It is widely agreed now that access to energy is a prerequisite for poverty reduction and human development – modern energy services are essential to meet basic and productive needs. And yet, the realities of the relationship people living in poverty have with energy is not well understood. This report seeks to address this issue in order to reconnect energy policy.

The Poor People's Energy Outlook is organised into three chapters:
  • Chapter 1 describes people’s experience of six vital energy services; Lighting, Cooking and water heating, Space heating, Cooling, Information and communications, and energy for Earning a Living. It proposes a framework for Total Energy Access, including a set of minimum energy service standards and an energy access index.
  • Chapter 2 features perspectives from five leading practitioners discussing key issues in energy access; addressing challenges and controversies in the sector.
  • Chapter 3 presents an overview of the energy poverty outlook and the long-term goal of universal energy access from sustainable sources. A framework for action calls on the international community to rise to this challenge. Recommendations on policy, financing and capabilities are proposed towards creation of a vibrant energy access “ecosystem” of energy product and service providers, engaging public, private and civil society sectors.

This publication will be of interest to anyone seeking to better understand energy access and its role in development at a human scale.

Practical Action believes that Universal Energy Access is a goal which can be met by 2030 if we act now. We hope this publication provides new insights into the dimensions of energy poverty, and how it can be overcome.

The report is also available on the PPEO site and your comments and feedback are welcomed:


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